Queen cups are made in different areas of the hive. Some believe they are there for emergency use some believe they are practice queen cells. However as long as there is no egg in the cell they will not tend to it and it will not get capped. I have seen hives build and tear down queen cups throughout the summer. Most never get used. I would almost bet they was there in the fall before the girls went into cluster. I dont think they have really ever figured out exactly why the bees do this.busybee said:What is a Queen Cup? An old cell from last year??